SALT LAKE CITY– Helping pets live long and happy lives with the people who love them is a top priority for BluePearl Veterinary Partners, the nation’s leading provider of specialty and emergency veterinary care. But sometimes the cost of lifesaving veterinary treatment can put pet owners in a terrible bind.
In an effort to help these families, BluePearl today announced a partnership between BluePearl – Midvale (formerly known as Utah Veterinary Center) and a national charity that provides financial assistance for sick or injured pets.
The charity, called Frankie’s Friends, is in the process of raising funds that can be used to help families in the Salt Lake City area who demonstrate substantial financial need and whose pets, with treatment, have a good prognosis for a return to a good quality of life.
Dr. Jordan Scherk, Medical Director for BluePearl – Midvale, said he’s pleased pet-owning families in Utah will have access to these charitable funds, which can often mean the difference between life or death for a pet.
“There have been so many advances in veterinary care, but treatment can sometimes be costly,” Scherk said. “By partnering with Frankie’s Friends, we’re able to help families who would otherwise be forced to make unthinkable decisions due to a lack of funds.”
BluePearl and Frankie’s Friends work together in several other locations throughout the country. In Tampa, the group raised more than $10,000 to help a U.S. Airman whose three dogs were trapped in a house fire. They also raised more than $5,000 for Roxie, a boxer in Virginia Beach who needed surgery after swallowing seven corncobs.
“We’re really proud of the work we’ve done with BluePearl and we’re excited to start raising funds so we can offer our services in Utah,” said Danielle Martin, Executive Director of Frankie’s Friends. “Our goal is to keep these beloved animals with their families so they can all enjoy a better quality of life.”
Frankie’s Friends was founded in 1999 and is named for Frankie, a beautiful greyhound owned by the DeBartolo family – the organization’s benefactors. The group currently serves more than 2,200 animals every year from throughout the United States.
Those interested in contributing or learning more are encouraged to contact Frankie’s Friends by clicking here.